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Drain work will help protect road

Sunday October 21, 2018 Written by Published in Environment
Pati Landscaping Ltd’s Fred Heather works to clear a channel for the blocked drain off the main road through Avarua. 18101817 Pati Landscaping Ltd’s Fred Heather works to clear a channel for the blocked drain off the main road through Avarua. 18101817

A maintenance crew was busy for most of Thursday, working to clear a blocked drain on the rocky bank leading down to the lagoon.

 

A digger did the heavy work of shifting rocks from the front of the site, then it was down to manual labour, workers using shovels to widen a channel for water to flow through a drainage pipe into the lagoon.

Infrastructure Cook Islands Head of Ministry Diane Charlie Puna said several weeks ago,contractors Triad had worked on resurfacing the adjacent section of road.

“They ripped up the road for a couple of days, refilled and compacted it, then the ICI boys came and put a temporary seal on that small section of road.

“During this road work, other problems were identified such as a blocked drain.

“Some boulders had been shifted by big waves and were sitting right in front of the drainage opening. A build-up of sediments around the drain caused a blockage and caused the road to deteriorate. 

“So a contractor engaged by ICI, Pati Landscaping Ltd, replaced the pipe and cleared the drain opening to allow run offs from the road to exit freely into the lagoon. 

“Our project manager, Yitiri Akama, was on site all day to ensure the contractors followed the specs/standards of the repair work.”

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